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Sweet Charity: A New Musical Comedy (1966 Original Broadway Cast)
Sweet Charity: A New Musical Comedy (1966 Original Broadway Cast)
 
This document of Bob Fosse's 1966 Broadway production is almost enough to make one forget the dreadful and dated 1968 film version with Shirley MacLaine (who, though brilliant, never rose above the film's concessions to th...  more »

      
   
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Title: Sweet Charity: A New Musical Comedy (1966 Original Broadway Cast)
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UPCs: 074640290022, 074640290022

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This document of Bob Fosse's 1966 Broadway production is almost enough to make one forget the dreadful and dated 1968 film version with Shirley MacLaine (who, though brilliant, never rose above the film's concessions to the era--who'll ever forget Sammy Davis Jr.'s "psychedelic" production number on "The Rhythm of Life"?). Ironically, it was the late, great Fosse's film debut. More's the pity he simply didn't just provide a visual document of his original Broadway show; after all, it was Fosse who'd conceived the notion of a musical comedy based on Fellini's 1957 film Nights of Cabiria as a vehicle for Broadway star Gwen Verdon (Mrs. Fosse at the time) and then put writer Neil Simon together with composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields. Onstage, it simply worked great. The score produced two huge hit standards--"Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now"--and proved that fantasies about hookers (even though Charity's called a "taxi dancer" here) with hearts of gold could provide mainstream entertainment years before Julia Roberts became Pretty Woman. Sony gives the rerelease its regular Broadway Masterworks series update treatment, with previously unreleased tracks, elongated songs (featuring material cut from the original album), interviews from opening night, and even composer Coleman performing three songs from the show with an orchestra for a long-unavailable album he cut in the late '60s. --Bill Holdship

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Definitive version of Broadway classic!
Nelson Aspen | Los Angeles & NYC, USA | 02/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a Braodway musical that has it all, and the great songs from this classic are all beautifully preserved on this CD.

The best thing, though, is the performance of Gwen Verdon in the title role. Just through her vocals, you will be able to imagine her in her prime..hoofing, mugging and charming you as she did with so many lucky audiences over her long, illustrious career.

A great tribute to all the creative forces involved in the creation of this durable, toe-tapping, musical production!"
Classic Musical w/ Gwen Verdon
AJK | Chicago, IL | 06/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Sweet Charity", starring Gwen Verdon as the hopelessly optimistic Charity, is a classic mid-sixties musical, with a terrific score by Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields.

Best Tracks include:

Big Spender [classic!]
If My Friends Could See Me Now [classic!]
There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This
Baby, Dream Your Dream
Sweet Charity
Where Am I Going?
I'm A Brass Band

Actually, most of the above are probably Broadway standards!

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A CLASSIC!
Julio Lopez | Santiago, Chile | 06/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fellini's NOTTE DI CABIRIA adapted into a Broadway show? Almost impossible! Yet, here it is, wonderfully conceived. The music, the lyrics and the interpreters are terrific. Through the music, you really sense it's Fosse material. This digitally remastered edition is technically perfect. If you have the movie soundtrack, get this theatre version as well because it contains songs that did not appear in the film. Destined to become a landmark in the history of the Broadway show."